Books & Products

Explore NMAI books and products below. For more information, contact NMAI Publications at NMAI-info@si.edu. Order by phone 24 hours a day: 1-800-242-6624.

All purchases support the NMAI's mission to advance knowledge and understanding of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere—past, present, and future—through partnership with Native peoples and others.

Books

 All Roads Are Good

All Roads Are Good: Native Voices on Life and Culture

Respected singers, storytellers, artists, elders, and scholars from Native cultures throughout the Americas were invited to the museum to choose objects of personal meaning to them. In this evocative blend of first-person narratives, stunning illustrations, and historic photographs, Native voices celebrate American Indian cultures and their perseverance in the contemporary landscape. Insightful and intensely personal, All Roads Are Good weaves together a rich tapestry of old and new Indian folkways.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-56098-452-X (softcover)
  • 1994, copublished by NMAI and Smithsonian Institution Press
  • 224 pages, 100 color and 50 black-and-white photographs
  • 934 x 934 inches

Price: $34.95

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 American Indians/American Presidents

American Indians/American Presidents: A History

Edited by Clifford E. Trafzer (Wyandot descent)
Concept editor: Tim Johnson (Mohawk)

Focused on major turning points in Native American history, American Indians/American Presidents shows how Native Americans interpreted the power and prestige of the presidency and advanced their own agendas, from the age of George Washington to the administration of George W. Bush. The contributing authors draw on inaugural addresses, proclamations, Indian Agency records, private correspondence, and photographs in the museum’s collections to shed new light on the relationship between America’s presidents and Native American leaders.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-146653-3 (hardcover)
  • 2009, copublished by NMAI and Harper
  • 272 pages, 110 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 8 x 10 inches

Price: $29.99

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 Arctic Journeys Ancient Memories

Arctic Journeys Ancient Memories: Sculpture by Abraham Anghik Ruben

This beautifully illustrated title is published in conjunction with Arctic Journeys/Ancient Memories: The Sculpture of Abraham Anghik Ruben, an exhibition on view at the National Museum of the American Indian through January 2, 2013. The art of contemporary Inuvialuit artist Abraham Anghik Ruben explores the social, cultural, and spiritual lives of his Inuvialuit (Inuit) ancestors and the influences of Viking adventurers and Norse settlers who came to the North American Arctic.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-0-9816142-1-2 (softcover)
  • 2012, published by The Arctic Studies Center, National Museum of Natural History in association with Kipling Gallery
  • 88 pages, 90 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $24.95

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Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace

Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise and Samuel Wallace

Lois Sherr Dubin

Arctic Transformations is an illustrated overview of the intricate sculptural jewelry created by Denise Wallace (Chugach Aleut) and her non-Native husband and partner, Samuel Wallace. The Wallace's innovative work using fossil ivory, silver, and richly colored stones explores a contemporary style that is rooted in the traditions of Denise's Chugach culture. The couple’s designs are inspired by the people, animals, and the natural environment of Alaska and recall the stories told to Denise by her Alaskan grandmother. This is the companion book to the original exhibition of the same name developed by the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-0-9743806-2-9 (hardcover)
  • 2005, published by Easton Studio Press
  • 239 pages, 254 illustrations
  • 1112 x 10 inches

Price: $60.00

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 Before and after the Horizon

Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes

Edited by David W. Penney and Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation)

In Before and after the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes, five renowned scholars of Native art show how historical and contemporary Anishinaabe artists have expressed the spiritual and social dimensions of their relations with the Great Lakes region. Illustrated with nearly 100 color images, the book features works by modern masters such as Norval Morrisseau, George Morrison, and Blake Debassige as well as traditional objects such as painted drums, carved containers, and bags embroidered with porcupine quills.

The contributors—David W. Penney, Alan Corbiere, Crystal Migwans, Ruth B. Phillips, and Gerald McMaster—explore the ways in which the artists have depicted stories, histories, and experiences of the Great Lakes. The authors also discuss how the artists, in their work, have accommodated, incorporated, or challenged newcomers. Showcasing the powerful indigenous art of a region that spans national borders, the book provides readers with an understanding of the Anishinaabeg as contemporary citizens of North America with deep roots in their Great Lakes homeland.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-58834-452-6 (softcover)
  • 2013, published by NMAI
  • 128 pages, 100 color illustrations
  • 814 x 1034 inches

Price: $24.95

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 Born of Clay

Born of Clay: Ceramics from the National Museum of the American Indian

Bruce Bernstein, Ann McMullen, Ramiro Matos (Quechua), and Felipé Solis

The museum’s holdings are rich in examples of Native ceramics from throughout the Western Hemisphere, stretching across forty centuries to the present day. In this book, four scholars introduce important and little-known ceramic figures and vessels representing the cultures of the Andes, Mexico, the American Southwest, and the eastern United States. Extensively illustrated with beautiful new photographs of objects from the museum’s collections, including many pieces published here for the first time, Born of Clay brings curatorial and Native artistic perspectives together to present a lively and concise introduction to Native American ceramics.

This title is also available in Spanish.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-933565-01-2 (softcover)
  • 2005, National Museum of the American Indian
  • 96 pages, 300 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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 The Changing Presentation of the American Indian

The Changing Presentation of the American Indian: Museums and Native Cultures

Introduction by W. Richard West, Jr. (Southern Cheyenne), with essays by Richard W. Hill, Sr. (Tuscarora), James D. Nason (Comanche), David W. Penney, and others

In this book, which grew out of a landmark NMAI symposium in 1995, Native and non-Native scholars and museum professionals explore issues concerning the representation of Indians and their cultures by museums in North America. Traditional museum exhibitions of Native American art and culture often represented only the past, ignoring the living Native voice. Today, museums have begun to incorporate the Native perspective in their displays. Even more dramatic is the increasing number of Indian-run museums. These essays explore the relationships being forged between museums and Native communities to create new techniques for presenting Native American culture.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-295-97781-7 (hardcover), 0-295-98459-7 (softcover)
  • 2000, copublished by NMAI and University of Washington Press
  • 118 pages, 18 black-and-white photographs
  • 612 x 912 inches

Price: $25.00/$18.95

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 Creation's Journey

Creation's Journey: Native American Identity and Belief

Edited by Tom Hill (Seneca) and Richard W. Hill, Sr. (Tuscarora)

“In [this] memorable book, Indian people use words, actions, and artifacts to represent themselves as fully human, free at last from the soul-cramping and spirit-reducing tests of authenticity and purity.”—The New York Times Book Review

For the first Americans, a record of the past is written in the objects that were a part of daily life. Values, traditions, and beliefs are embodied in works of Native creativity, from children’s toys to leaders’ war shirts, and from Arctic kayaks to masks made by the people of Tierra del Fuego. Using objects from the museum’s collection, historical photographs, and the voices of Native Americans past and present, Creation’s Journey reawakens us to ways of life and thought that once prevailed in the Americas, and that are still observed in many Native homes and communities.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-56098-453-8 (hardcover)
  • 1994, copublished by NMAI and Smithsonian Institution Press
  • 256 pages, 200 color and 100 duotone photographs
  • 9 x 12 inches

Price: $45.00

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 Do All Indians Live in Tipis?

Do All Indians Live in Tipis? Questions & Answers from the National Museum of the American Indian

Introduction by Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)

Debunking common myths and providing information about everything from katsina dolls to casinos and Pocahontas to powwows, Native staff members at the National Museum of the American Indian have handled a wide array of questions over the years. This book presents nearly 100 of their answers. Written by an all-Native team of writers and researchers, this accessible and informative book counters deeply embedded stereotypes while providing a lively introduction to diverse Native histories and contemporary cultures.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-115301-3 (softcover)
  • 2007, copublished by NMAI and HarperCollins
  • 240 pages, 50 black-and-white illustrations
  • 6 x 9 inches

Price: $14.95

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 Essays on Native Modernism

Essays on Native Modernism: Complexity and Contradiction in American Indian Art

Essays on Native Modernism: Complexity and Contradiction in American Indian Art, which grew out of a symposium held by NMAI in May 2005, explores the legacies of George Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa, 1919–2000) and Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994)—two giants of 20th-century art—as well as investigates the basis of a Native modernism by eliciting a broad discussion about the critical perspectives and practices of Native artists across North America. Also examined is the place of Native modernism in the canon of American art and the currents of influence between them.

Specifications

  • SBN-13: 978-1-933565-02-6 (softcover)
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • 112 pages, 36 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 658 x 912 inches

Price: $20.00

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 First American Art

First American Art: The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection of American Indian Art

Edited by Bruce Bernstein and Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation)

“[This] dazzling catalogue fulfills the goal of the NMAI to bring Native art out of the darkness of ‘overcrowded cases’ into the galleries, where its aesthetic beauty can better be appreciated.”—Booklist

This full-color book celebrates the rich aesthetic traditions of North American Indians through the presentation of objects of exceptional beauty and cultural significance from an extraordinary private collection. Organized around seven aesthetic principles, First American Art offers insight into the lives of the collectors, scholars, and creators of indigenous arts.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-295-98403-1 (hardcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and University of Washington Press
  • 272 pages, 250 color photographs
  • 10 x 1214 inches

Price: $60.00

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 Foods of the Americas

Foods of the Americas: Native Recipes and Traditions

Fernando Divina and Marlene Divina (Chippewa, Cree, and Assiniboine descent)

Celebrating the diversity of the original foods of North, Central, and South America, Foods of the Americas highlights indigenous ingredients, traditional recipes, and contemporary recipes with ancient roots. With enticing food photography and images from the museum’s collection, this cookbook is a testament to the Native contribution to American cuisine. The book includes illustrated essays by eight Native writers who offer personal insight into a variety of food traditions—ranging from tributes to fry bread and June berries by George P. Horse Capture (A’aninin) to a memoir of a Hopi lunch featuring blue corn piki bread, stews, and domed pies by Thomas Sweeney (Citizen Band Potawatomi).

“The best reflection of original American food and recipes to date…”—New York Times

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58008-119-1 (softcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and Ten Speed Press
  • 240 pages, 54 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 878 x 1078 inches

Price: $28.00

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For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

Nancy Marie Mithlo, general editor

Lushly illustrated with more than 150 never-before-published photographs, this retrospective represents the first major publication of Horace Poolaw's photography. Poolaw, a Kiowa Indian from Anadarko, Oklahoma, documented his community during a time of great change, witnessing with his camera the transformations that each decade of the twentieth century brought to his multi-tribal community.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-300-19745-7
  • 2014, published by NMAI
  • 184 pages, 154 illustrations
  • 9 x 11 inches

Price: $49.95

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 Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian

Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian

Edited by Lowery Stokes Sims, with Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk) and Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche)

In the 1960s and 70s, the notion of American Indian art was turned on its head by artists who fought against prejudice and popular cliches. At the forefront of this revolution was Fritz Scholder (Luiseño, 1937–2005), whose dark, energetic, and unsettling paintings of Native Americans combined realism, tragedy, and spirituality with the genres of abstract impressionism and pop art. Published in 2008 to coincide with a landmark two-city exhibition in New York and Washington, D.C., this volume features extraordinary paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs, along with thoughtful discussions of Scholder’s myth-shattering depictions of the Native American experience.

Fritz Scholder: Indian/Not Indian is a brilliant examination of the preeminent Native American artist of the twentieth century…. Characterized by psychological complexity, Fritz Scholder’s work led the way to a bold, new kind of Indian art and enriched American art history. This book beautifully shares his body of work.”—Ralph Lauren

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-3-7913-6340-0 (softcover)
  • 2008, copublished by NMAI and Prestel Publishing
  • 192 pages, 229 color illustrations
  • 9 x 12 inches

Price: $34.95

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Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family

Lois Sherr Dubin

Glittering World tells the remarkable story of Navajo jewelry—from its ancient origins to the present—through the work of the gifted Yazzie family of New Mexico. Jewelry has long been an important form of artistic expression for Native peoples in the Southwest; its diversity of design reflects a long history of migrations, trade, and cultural exchange. This beautifully illustrated book contains more than 300 color photos of masterworks of contemporary jewelry, as well as highlights from the National Museum of the American Indian’s collections.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-58834-477-9 (hardcover)
  • 2014, copublished by NMAI and Smithsonian Books
  • 272 pages, 325 illustrations
  • 912 x 912 inches

Price: $50.00

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The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire

Edited by Ramiro Matos Mendieta (Quechua) and José Barreiro (Taíno)

The Inka Road stands as one of the world’s monumental engineering achievements. At the height of Inka imperial power in the fifteenth century, the twenty-four thousand-mile road system linked South America’s mountain peaks and tropical lowlands, crossed its rivers and deserts, and became the supreme emblem of the Inka genius for cultural integration. Today, the road serves Andean communities in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, and Chile as a sacred space and a symbol of continuity. The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire brings together twenty-four essays as well as striking color photographs and maps to provide a multifaceted view of a road that remains unparalleled in hemispheric history for its capacity to connect diverse peoples and resources over an expansive and difficult topography.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-58834-495-3 (hardcover)
  • 2015, copublished by NMAI and Smithsonian Books
  • 232 pages, 175 color photographs
  • 9 x 11 inches

Price: $40.00

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 HIDE

HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor

Edited by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo)

HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor includes insightful essays by noted art historians and critics that investigate the multiple layers of meaning behind the concept of skin and show how this symbolism emerges in contemporary Native art. The essays are accompanied by stunning illustrations of art and photography in a beautifully designed volume of work. Featured in the exhibition and book are three installation artists: Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabascan), Nadia Myre (Anishinaabe), and Michael Belmore (Ojibway), and five photographers: Arthur Renwick (Haisla), KC Adams (Métis), Terrance Houle (Blood), Rosalie Favell (Cree Métis), and Sarah Sense (Chitimacha/Choctaw).

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-15-6 (softcover)
  • 2009, published by NMAI
  • 136 pages, 134 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $23.95

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 Identity by Design

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses

Edited by Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota)

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses showcases the world-renowned collection of Native American dresses held by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. The book, edited by award-winning beadwork artist and NMAI curator Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota), presents a fascinating array of Native women’s clothing from the Plains, Plateau, and Great Basin regions of the United States and Canada, dating from the 1830s to the present. The beautiful creations included in this book reveal the artistic vision of many individual makers as well as different regional styles and tribal designs. These dresses, shawls, moccasins, and accessories reflect Native history and identity during a time of intense social and cultural change.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-115369-3 (hardcover)
  • 2007, copublished by NMAI and HarperCollins
  • 160 pages, 152 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $24.95

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 Indigenous Motivations

Indigenous Motivations: Recent Acquisitions from the National Museum of the American Indian

Since its inception in 1989, the museum has added contemporary Native arts and objects to its collections, across all genres. Indigenous Motivations highlights some of the most important, interesting, and amusing of these works. Lively essays discuss why contemporary Native people continue to make art, and why museums collect it. Never-before-published photographs convey the beauty and vitality of these newest treasures in the museum’s marvelous collection.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-03-3 (softcover)
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • 80 pages, 90 color photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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 IndiVisible

IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas

Edited by Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway)

Twenty-seven passionate essays explore the complex history and contemporary lives of people with a dual heritage that is a little-known part of American culture. Authors from across the Americas share first-person accounts of struggle, adaptation, and survival and examine such diverse subjects as contemporary art, the Cherokee Freedmen issue, and the evolution of jazz and blues. This richly illustrated book brings to light an epic history that speaks to present-day struggles for racial identity and understanding.

IndiVisible illuminates a history fraught with colonial oppression, racial antagonism, and the loss of culture and identity. Uncovered within that history, however, are stories of cultural resurgence and the need to know one's roots.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58834-271-3
  • 2009, published by NMAI
  • 256 pages, 115 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 658 x 912 inches

Price: $19.95

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 Infinity of Nations

Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian

Edited by Cécile R. Ganteaume

A gorgeous, fully illustrated official companion volume to Infinity of Nations, the National Museum of the American Indian's most ambitious and comprehensive exhibition to date. Following an introduction on the power of objects to engage our imagination, each chapter presents an overview of a region of the Americas and its cultural complexities, written by a noted specialist in that region. Together, these writers create an extraordinary mosaic. What emerges is a portrait of a complex and dynamic world shaped from its earliest history by contact and exchange among peoples.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-06-154731-7 (hardcover)
  • 2010, copublished by NMAI and HarperCollins
  • 320 pages, 225 object photographs,
  • 35 archival photographs, 11 maps
  • 9 x 11 inches

Price: $29.99

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 James Luna

James Luna: Emendatio

Edited by Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk) and Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche)

This remarkable book provides an absorbing exploration of the work of James Luna (Puyukitchum [Luiseño]). His work—which includes film, music, and video—challenges and confronts commonly held perceptions about Native Americans. James Luna: Emendatio complements an exhibition of the same title presented by the National Museum of the American Indian at the 2005 Venice Biennale’s 51st International Art Exhibition. The book is accompanied by a DVD featuring footage of a rehearsal of Luna’s performance at the exhibition.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9719163-6-4, bilingual (English/Italian) (softcover)
  • 2005, published by NMAI
  • 112 pages, 50 color and 4 black-and-white illustrations
  • 612 x 912 inches

Price: $20.00

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 Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Edited by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo) and David W. Penney

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Lavishly illustrated with more than 200 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the book includes essays by leading scholars, historians, and the artist herself, arranged chronologically to guide readers through WalkingStick’s life journey and rich artistic career. Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist traces a path of constant invention, innovation, and evolving artistic and personal growth through visually brilliant and evocative works of art.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-58834-510-3 (hardcover)
  • 2015, published by NMAI
  • 208 pages, 165 color illustrations
  • 912 x 11 inches
  • Distributed by Smithsonian Books

Price: $50.00

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 The Land Has Memory

The Land Has Memory: Indigenous Knowledge, Native Landscapes, and the National Museum of the American Indian

Edited by Duane Blue Spruce (Laguna/Ohkay Owingeh) and Tanya Thrasher (Cherokee)

Essays by Smithsonian staff and others involved in the museum's creation provide an examination of indigenous peoples' long and varied relationship to the land in the Americas, and an account of the museum designers' efforts to reflect traditional knowledge in the creation of individual landscape elements.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8078-3264-6 (hardcover)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8078-5936-0 (softcover)
  • 2008, copublished by NMAI and the University of North Carolina Press
  • 166 pages, 100 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 7 x 9 inches

Price: $45.00/$24.95

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 The Language of Native American Baskets

The Language of Native American Baskets: From the Weavers’ View

Edited by Bruce Bernstein

Five contemporary Native American basket-makers and one basketry scholar highlight historic baskets from the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian and compare them to twenty-first-century pieces. Based on years of observation, conversations with weavers, and hands-on learning, the scholarly essay explores Native American baskets with particular attention to how they were made, while the weavers discuss their experiences and views of their art.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-971-91631-4 (softcover)
  • 2003, published by NMAI
  • 80 pages, 225 color photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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 Listening to Our Ancestors

Listening to Our Ancestors: The Art of Native Life along the North Pacific Coast

Introduction by Robert Joseph (Kwakwaka´wakw)

The Native nations of the Pacific Northwest are renowned for the beauty and complexity of their artistic traditions. From elaborately carved masks, dance regalia, woven hats, and feast bowls to tools and utensils, the objects connect one generation to the next and tell the stories of their makers. In this lavishly illustrated book, writers from eleven Northwest Coast communities convey the beauty and vitality of these treasures in the museum’s marvelous collection.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7922-4190-8 (softcover)
  • 2005, copublished by NMAI and National Geographic Books
  • 192 pages, 100 color photographs, map
  • 8 x 912 inches

Price: $24.00

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 Living Homes for Cultural Expression

Living Homes for Cultural Expression: North American Native Perspectives on Creating Community Museums

Karen Coody Cooper (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Nicolasa I. Sandoval (Chumash)

Living Homes for Cultural Expression: North American Native Perspectives on Creating Community Museums features essays by eleven noted Native museum professionals, whose varied experiences in creating tribal museums come together in this compact and instructive collection. These intimate portraits, which explore the theory and practice of museum planning for indigenous communities, are paired with a comprehensive directory of more than 200 tribal museums and cultural centers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. NMAI published Living Homes for Cultural Expressions as a tool for use in Indian Country, serving the museum’s continuing efforts to form partnerships and collaborations with Native tribes, museums, and cultural centers throughout the Americas.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-9719163-8-1 (softcover)
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • 120 pages, 30 black-and-white photographs
  • 658 x 912 inches

Price: $12.95

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 Looking to the Future: The Life and Legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Looking to the Future: The Life and Legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye

Looking to the Future: The Life and Legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye honors one of history’s greatest advocates for Native people—Senator Daniel K. Inouye (1924–2012), former chairman and vice chairman of the US Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and one of the visionary founders of the National Museum of the American Indian. A person deeply grounded in values, community, and family, Senator Inouye’s myriad accomplishments include, among others, legislation and support for strengthening Native sovereignty, treaties, governance, economic development, education, and health care. This volume is a compilation of edited presentations by the distinguished speakers who participated in the NMAI symposium, “Looking to the Future: The Life and Legacy of Senator Daniel K. Inouye,” held on May 15, 2014. This selective group of tribal leaders, political associates, culture keepers, education and health care specialists, and museum professionals reflect on Senator Inouye’s many contributions to the well-being of Native America and a future that builds upon the foundation of the senator's legacy for the benefit of future generations of Native people.

Specifications

  • ISBN 978-1-9335652-1-7 (cloth cover)
  • 2016, published by NMAI
  • 160 pages, 40 color illustrations and 15 black-and-white photographs
  • 658 x 912 inches

Price: $21.95

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 The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook

The Mitsitam Cafe Cookbook: Recipes from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Richard Hetzler

Since the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., in 2004, the museum’s Mitsitam Cafe (mitsitam means “let’s eat” in the Piscataway and Delaware languages) has become a destination in its own right. In this beautiful book, the cafe presents for the first time 90 of its delicious, easy-to-follow recipes based on the seasonal, abundant foods that have always been central to Native cultures. Drawing upon tribal culinary traditions from five regions—Northern Woodlands, Great Plains, North Pacific Coast, Mesoamerica, and South America—the recipes have been adapted for home cooks and are illustrated with vivid photographs of the finished dishes as well as objects and archival photographs from the museum’s vast collections.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-55591-747-0 (hardcover)
  • 2010, copublished by NMAI and Fulcrum Publishing
  • 192 pages, 70 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 8 x 8 inches

Price: $25.00

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 Modern Spirit

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison

This catalogue showcases the work of Chippewa artist George Morrison (1919–2000), who was born and raised near the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota. Best known for his landscape paintings and wood collages, Morrison employed a variety of media—paint, wood, ink and metal, paper, and canvas—and developed a unique style that combined elements of cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism. His artwork typically does not include overt references to his Indian heritage, which stirs debate about what it means to be a Native American artist. This title explores the artist’s identity as a modernist within the broader context of twentieth-century American and Native American art.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-0-8061-4393-4
  • 2013, published by University of Oklahoma Press
  • 182 pages, 130 illustrations
  • 9 x 11 inches

Price: $29.95

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 Most Serene Republics: Edgar Heap of Birds

Most Serene Republics: Edgar Heap of Birds

Edited by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo) and Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk)

Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne/Arapaho) is the creator of some of the earliest and most memorable Native American conceptual art. Drawing on language and history, his public art installations, paintings, prints, and drawings explore the often-contested relationship between non-Indian historical accounts and Native memory. In this book, influential writer Lucy Lippard approaches the artist's work from an activist's perspective. An original DVD bound into the book features conversations with the artist and footage of his work in Venice.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-12-5 (softcover)
  • 2009, published by NMAI
  • 96 pages, 50 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 6 x 912 inches

Price: $20.00

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 Mother Earth, Father Skyline

Mother Earth, Father Skyline: A Souvenir Book of Native New York

Edited by Duane Blue Spruce (Laguna/Ohkay Owingeh)

Mother Earth, Father Skyline: A Souvenir Book of Native New York presents the experiences of Native Americans in the world’s most exciting city. Through photographs, illustrations, and brief essays, Duane Blue Spruce traces the Native presence in New York.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-04-0 (softcover)
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • 64 pages, more than 60 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 6 x 6 inches

Price: $9.95

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Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

Edited by Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne and Holdulgee Muscogee)

Treaties between the federal government and Native Nations rest at the heart of American history, yet most Americans know little about them. In Nation to Nation, thirty-one essays and interviews from the country’s foremost scholars of Native history and law explore the significance of the diplomacy, promises, and betrayals involved in two hundred years of treaty making between the United States and Native Nations, as one side sought to own the riches of North America and the other struggled to hold on to its homelands and ways of life.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-58834-478-6 (hardcover)
  • 2014, copublished by NMAI and Smithsonian Books
  • 272 pages, 135 color and black-and-white photographs, 7 maps
  • 8 x 10 inches

Price: $40.00

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 National Museum of the American Indian: A Souvenir Book

National Museum of the American Indian: A Souvenir Book

This small treasure offers a comprehensive sense of the National Museum of the American Indian and highlights the extraordinary aesthetic and cultural achievements of the Native peoples of the Americas.

This title is also available in Spanish.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7922-8215-9 (softcover)
  • 2004, published by NMAI
  • 64 pages, 50 color photographs
  • 6 x 6 inches

Price: $9.95

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 National Museum of the American Indian: Map and Guide

National Museum of the American Indian: Map and Guide

This generously illustrated guide introduces visitors to NMAI’s building on the National Mall, walking them through the exhibitions and other aspects of the building as well as its landscaping. The guide includes a foldout map and floor plans, and focuses on the museum’s collections and public programs. A short history of American Indians in Washington, D.C., and a list of the city’s other Native-related points of interest round out the book.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-933565-18-7 (softcover)
  • 2012, published by NMAI
  • 64 pages, 136 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 6 x 9 inches

Price: $8.95

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 Native American Dance

Native American Dance: Ceremonies and Social Traditions

Edited by Charlotte Heth (Cherokee)

The enthralling scope of Native American dance—from the Fancy dancers of the powwow circuit and the traditional keepers of sacred Indian ceremonies to the contemporary flourishes of modern Indian choreographers—is explored in this enlightening collection of essays by leading Native and non-Native scholars and practitioners of dance in the Indian community. A gathering of prominent voices, all marked by their passion for the dance, along with a wealth of illustrations, gives Native American Dance: Ceremonies and Social Traditions a creative spirit grounded in authoritative scholarship.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-56373-020-0 (hardcover)
  • 1992, copublished by NMAI and Fulcrum Publishing
  • 208 pages, 180 color and 25 black-and-white photographs
  • 834 x 13 inches

Price: $45.00

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 Native American Expressive Culture

Native American Expressive Culture

Essays by 28 Native authors discuss how Native peoples represent themselves, their communities, and their cultures through a diverse range of the expressive arts—dance, music, media, art, literature, oral tradition, and theater. The authors reflect on the origins of Native expression, describe what has shaped different traditions, and explore possibilities for the future. Presenting the creative process from a Native point of view, the book demonstrates the inherent value of Native expressive culture both to its practitioners and to its audiences.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-55591-301-6 (softcover)
  • 1994, copublished by NMAI and Akwe:kon Press, Cornell University
  • 176 pages, 113 black-and-white photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $17.95

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 Native Modernism

Native Modernism: The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser

Edited by Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk)

Native Modernism: The Art of George Morrison and Allan Houser showcases magnificent paintings, drawings, and sculptures by two highly acclaimed artists. George Morrison (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa, 1919–2000) and Allan Houser (Warm Springs Chiricahua Apache, 1914–1994) shattered expectations for Native art and paved the way for successive generations to experiment with a wide array of styles and techniques. In this ground-breaking, beautifully illustrated book, distinguished Native American writers and scholars Truman T. Lowe (Ho-Chunk), Gerald Vizenor (Chippewa), N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), and Gail Tremblay (Onondaga/Mi´qmaq) provide a fascinating exploration of the two men’s work in the context of contemporary art, Native American art history, and cultural identity.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-295-98467-8 (softcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and University of Washington Press
  • 128 pages, 50 color and 22 duotone illustrations
  • 812 x 1034 inches

Price: $29.95

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 Native Universe

Native Universe: Voices of Indian America

Co-edited by Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation) and Clifford E. Trafzer (Wyandot descent)

Native Universe complements the themes of the museum's inaugural exhibitions and offers readers a new, deeper understanding of Native philosophies, histories, and identities. Published for the September 21, 2004, opening of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the original hardcover edition features more than 300 color illustrations of Native artworks, from Inka to Iroquois, with poems by N. Scott Momaday, Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, and others; extensive essays on Native beliefs, history, and identity; and an excerpt from Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7922-5994-7 (hardcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and National Geographic Society
  • 320 pages; 300 black and white and color illustrations
  • 9 x 12 inches

Price: $40.00

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 Native Universe (revised edition)

Native Universe: Voices of Indian America (revised edition)

Edited by Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation) and Clifford E. Trafzer (Wyandot descent)

Native Universe explores the heritage, traditions, and history of Native American culture in unprecedented depth and rich detail. With insightful essays by distinguished Native American scholars and leaders, this book is a reminder that the ancient philosophies and folkways of Native American culture are just as relevant in today’s world as they were generations ago. This new, softcover edition includes the complete text of the original, with a new foreword by Kevin Gover (Pawnee), director of the museum; a new afterword; and many new photographs.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-4262-0335-0 (softcover)
  • 2008, copublished by NMAI and National Geographic Books
  • 320 pages, 350 color illustrations
  • 9 x 12 inches

Price: $22.00

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 The Native Universe and Museums in the Twenty-First Century

The Native Universe and Museums in the Twenty-First Century: The Significance of the National Museum of the American Indian

The Native Universe and Museums in the Twenty-First Century: The Significance of the National Museum of the American Indian consists of eight essays presented at the museum’s Opening International Symposium in September 2004, held to commemorate the opening of its doors on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Written by leading museum professionals from around the world, the essays explore the opening of the museum from a global perspective. Topics include the representation and interpretation of indigenous peoples in museums; the role and place of contemporary artists in NMAI’s work; and the responsibility of institutions such as NMAI to support and foster contemporary Native cultures and arts.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-933565-00-4 (softcover)
  • 2005, published by NMAI
  • 144 pages, 13 black-and-white photographs
  • 658 x 912 inches

Price: $20.00

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 New Tribe: New York

New Tribe: New York /The Urban Vision Quest

Edited by Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation)

Long the capital of the art world, New York City is also home to the largest concentration of Indian people in the United States. New Tribe: New York focuses on New York-based Native artists who have maintained a sense of tribal or cultural identity while drawing inspiration from modern, urban culture. Essays by Gerald McMaster, Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway), Paul Chaat Smith (Comanche), and John Haworth (Cherokee) explore the concept of a “new tribe” of urban Indians, replacing reservation stereotypes with the lively and diverse realities of contemporary Native American urban experience.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-9719163-3-0 (softcover)
  • 2005, published by NMAI
  • 64 pages, 100 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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 Off the Map

Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination

Edited by Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo)

In Off the Map: Landscape in the Native Imagination, the National Museum of the American Indian presents the paintings, sculpture, and multimedia productions of five outstanding contemporary artists whose work defies common expectations of Native American art in both its form and content: Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band of Choctaw/Cherokee), Carlos Jacanamijoy (Inga), James Lavadour (Walla Walla), Erica Lord (Inuit/Athabascan), and Emmi Whitehorse (Navajo).

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-08-8 (softcover)
  • 2007, published by NMAI
  • 88 pages, 92 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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 Past, Present, and Future

Past, Present, and Future: Challenges of the National Museum of the American Indian

Seven leading thinkers on the presentation of Native American history and contemporary cultures discuss how the essential ideas behind the creation of the National Museum of the American Indian initially were implemented and potentially could evolve. In addition to honoring the leadership and contributions of the museum’s founding director, W. Richard West, Jr., the authors explore such topics as repatriation, the representation of Native voices in exhibitions and programs, and the museum’s ongoing effort to develop its intellectual authority. Synthesizing the papers presented at a symposium of the same name hosted by the museum in October 2007, Past, Present, and Future takes a candid look at the National Museum of the American Indian’s complex genesis and future challenges.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-16-3 (softcover)
  • 2011, published by NMAI
  • 152 pages, 20 color illustrations
  • 658 x 912 inches

Contributors

  • Duane Champagne (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, North Dakota)
  • Catherine S. Fowler
  • Kevin Gover (Pawnee)
  • Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne & Hodulgee Muscogee)
  • Frederick E. Hoxie
  • Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation)
  • David Hurst Thomas
  • Rosita Worl (Tlingít)

Price: $20.00

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 Remix

Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World

Edited by Gerald McMaster (Plains Cree and member of the Siksika Nation) and Joe Baker (Choctaw)

In Remix: New Modernities in a Post-Indian World, artists and curators Joe Baker and Gerald McMaster bring together the work of fifteen artists of mixed Native/non-Native heritage from the United States, Canada, and Mexico to create a mini-museum for a post-race, post-ethnicity, “post-Indian” world. This book raises questions about the meaning of ethnic and racial identity in an increasingly global society and individuals’ freedom to adapt or reject elements of tradition without losing their claim on the past. Through words and images, Remix challenges readers interested in art and criticism to question the meaning of cultural identity in our complex, fluid age.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-10-1 (softcover)
  • 2007, published by NMAI
  • 96 pages, 125 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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Robert Davidson:  Abstract Impulse

Robert Davidson: Abstract Impulse

Barbara Brotherton, Sheila Farr, and John Haworth

This collection of essays examines the work of Robert Davidson (Haida), a pivotal figure in the Northwest Coast Native art renaissance since 1969, when he erected the first totem pole in his ancestral Massett village since the 1880s. Davidson mastered Haida art traditions by studying the great works of his great-grandfather Charles Edenshaw and others. Well known for his work in wood sculpture, ceremonial arts, jewelry, and prints, his recent works are abstract interpretations of the traditional forms—boldly minimalist easel paintings, graphic works, and sculpture, where images are pared to essential lines, elemental shapes, and strong colors. This title features work created since 2005, as well as key images from earlier in the artist's career.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-0-93221-669-4 (paperback)
  • 2013, published by University of Washington Press
  • 104 pages, 60 color illustrations
  • 9 x 11 inches

Price: $40.00

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 Small Spirits

Small Spirits: Native American Dolls from the National Museum of the American Indian

Mary Jane Lenz

Mary Jane Lenz’s insightful, authoritative text discusses the intriguing roles dolls have played in Native American cultures and explores their significance today, while historical photographs bring to life the people who made and used these remarkable creations. Featuring a superb selection from the museum’s collections, Lenz’s landmark book will appeal to scholar, collector, and general reader alike.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-295-98363-9 (softcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and University of Washington Press
  • 176 pages, 120 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 814 x 1034 inches

Price: $24.95

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 A Song for the Horse Nation

A Song for the Horse Nation: Horses in Native American Cultures

Edited by George P. Horse Capture (A’aninin) and Emil Her Many Horses (Oglala Lakota)

American Indian cultures, especially those of the Great Plains, have a rich relationship with their horses. Far more than a beast of burden, the horse is for Native people a friend and a spiritual companion. Nowhere is this bond more spectacularly illustrated than in the beautiful equipment Native horses wear and the tribal clothing, tools, and other objects that incorporate horse motifs. Filled with photographs of objects from the unparalleled collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, as well as historical photographs of North American Indians and their horses, this book documents the central role horses play in Native cultures.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-55591-112-9 (softcover)
  • 2006, copublished by NMAI and Fulcrum Publishing
  • 120 pages, 95 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 812 x 812 inches

Price: $14.95

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 Spirit Capture

Spirit Capture: Photographs from the National Museum of the American Indian

Edited by Tim Johnson (Mohawk)

Native Americans have been among the most popular subjects of photography since the invention of the medium more than 150 years ago. Spirit Capture brings together more than 200 compelling images from the museum’s collections with essays from Native and non-Native historians, anthropologists, and curators. Whether depicting runaway Wyandot girls being returned to their boarding school, a Seminole woman sitting at a sewing machine, or a Yaqui man sporting a pair of bandoliers, these photographs attest to the adaptive strength of Native Americans in the face of profound economic, political, social, and spiritual change.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-56098-924-6 (hardcover)
  • ISBN-10: 1-56098-765-0 (softcover)
  • 1998, copublished by NMAI and Smithsonian Institution Press
  • 206 pages, 22 color and 193 duotone photographs
  • 9 x 1014 inches

Price: $60.00/$34.95

Members save: $12.00/$6.99


 Spirit of a Native Place

Spirit of a Native Place: Building the National Museum of the American Indian

Edited by Native American architect Duane Blue Spruce (Laguna/Ohkay Owingeh) and illustrated with photographs of objects from the collections, archival and contemporary images of Native life, and striking architectural photography, this book both introduces the museum and its philosophy and serves as a meaningful keepsake.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7922-8214-0 (softcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and National Geographic Books
  • 192 pages, 100 illustrations
  • 8 x 10 inches

Price: $24.00

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 Stories of the People

Stories of the People: Native American Voices

Native Americans from six diverse cultures—Northern Plains, Tuscarora, Cherokee, Makah, Quechua, and Western Apache—share personal accounts of their origins, the effects of European-American settlement on their communities, and their commitment to preserving cultural values for future generations. This book unites compelling narratives with archival photographs and a rich selection of objects chosen by the authors from the collections of the National Museum of the American Indian. Pottery, baskets, textiles, beadwork, and other items highlight the beauty of Native artistic expression while they represent a spiritual quality that transcends the purely aesthetic dimension.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7893-0084-2 (hardcover)
  • 1997, copublished by NMAI and Universe
  • 80 pages, 35 color and 24 black-and-white photographs
  • 712 x 712 inches

Price: $18.95

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 This Path We Travel

This Path We Travel: Celebrations of Contemporary Native American Creativity

Fifteen Native artists representing a range of cultural backgrounds and artistic media created an installation exhibition based on their travels to sites representing the four cardinal directions, where they conceived works reflecting the traditions and sensibilities of indigenous peoples. The artists present statements about the project, accompanied by brief profiles of their lives and works. This Path We Travel reflects the strong thread of cultural and artistic continuity that binds contemporary Native American artists to their artistic forebears—a testament to the survival of indigenous innovation and tradition, despite overwhelming historical obstacles.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-55591-205-2 (hardcover)
  • ISBN-10: 1-55591-208-7 (softcover)
  • 1994, copublished by NMAI and Fulcrum Publishing
  • 126 pages, 40 color and 40 black-and-white photographs
  • 714 x 914 inches

Price: $24.95/$18.95

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 Treasures of the National Museum of the American Indian

Treasures of the National Museum of the American Indian

Revised and updated to include objects exhibited at NMAI’s museum on Washington, D.C.’s, National Mall, this miniature volume offers a far-ranging overview of the most significant collection of Native American objects anywhere in the world. Nearly 300 illustrations show the vast breadth of the museum’s collections, from ancient stone carvings to 20th-century feathered regalia.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7892-0841-5 (hardcover)
  • 1996, 2005, copublished by NMAI and Abbeville Press
  • 320 pages, 276 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 4 x 412 inches

Price: $11.95

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 Vision, Space, Desire

Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity

Vision, Space, Desire: Global Perspectives and Cultural Hybridity, which grew out of an international art symposium held by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in December 2005, features a lively exchange of ideas and opens new possibilities in contemporary art practice and engagement. Noted museum professionals, artists, critics, and scholars from around the world explore indigenous artistic and curatorial practices in relation to the ever-changing realities of the contemporary art scene and discuss new strategies to frame the ways Native contemporary artists are regarded in the international art world.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-07-1 (softcover)
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • 180 pages, 42 color photographs
  • 658 x 912 inches

Price: $20.00

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Children's Books

 Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

Brave Wolf and the Thunderbird

Joe Medicine Crow (Crow)
Illustrated by Linda R. Martin (Navajo)

A respected elder of the Crow people narrates a fascinating tale in which mother Thunderbird calls on human help to save her chicks from a monster who is trying to snatch them from their nest at the top of a cliff. Children will cheer as the hunter Brave Wolf, using fire, water, rocks, and buffalo hide, defeats the monster with an ingenious plan.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7892-0160-7 (hardcover)
  • 1998, copublished by NMAI and Abbeville Press
  • 32 pages, 25 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 914 x 914 inches

Price: $14.95

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 The Butterfly Dance

The Butterfly Dance

Written and illustrated by Gerald Dawavendewa (Hopi/Cherokee)

Sihumana, a young Hopi girl, is a member of the Rabbit Clan. Like her mother and grandmother before her, she is getting ready to take part in the traditional Butterfly Dance, performed late each summer to bring rain to the dry lands, to make the corn grow, and to bring back the butterflies. Although she has practiced very hard for weeks, Sihumana is feeling nervous as she puts on the beautiful headdress her partner has made for her. Then the singers and the drummer march into the plaza, singing the Butterfly Song, and the dance begins.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7892-0161-5 (hardcover)
  • 2001, copublished by NMAI and Abbeville Press
  • 32 pages, 26 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 914 x 914 inches

Price: $14.95

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 Coyote in Love with a Star

Coyote in Love with a Star

Marty Kreipe de Montaño (Prairie Band Potawatomi)
Illustrated by Tom Coffin (Prairie Band Potawatomi/Creek)

Coyote is lonely in the wide-open spaces of the Potawatomi Reservation in Kansas, so he moves to New York City and finds work as a Rodent Control Officer in the World Trade Center. But he is always homesick, so he goes up to the top of the tower to enjoy the quiet night skies. One night he spots a star more beautiful than all of the others.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-7892-0162-3 (hardcover)
  • 1998, copublished by NMAI and Abbeville Press
  • 32 pages, 25 color and black-and-white illustrations
  • 914 x 914 inches

Price: $14.95

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 Meet Christopher

Meet Christopher

Genevieve Simermeyer (Osage)
Photographs by Katherine Fogden (Mohawk)

Join Christopher, an 11-year-old Osage boy, and his family at the annual I´n-lon-shka Dances on the Osage Reservation in northeastern Oklahoma, where neighbors gather for outdoor feasts, dress in their traditional outfits, and dance with the entire community. Go fishing at the lake with Christopher and his brothers, hear him play the trombone in music class, and learn the Osage language as he learns it too. Watch Christopher’s mother practice finger weaving, and meet his grandmother, who works at the Osage tribal museum. Learn the stories of his Osage ancestors, those who hunted buffalo and lived in hide-covered lodges, and those who first learned to drive and pilot airplanes.

Voted Best Middle School Book, 2008–2010, by the American Indian Youth Library Association

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-57178-217-5 (hardcover)
  • 2008, copublished by NMAI and Council Oak Books
  • 48 pages, 84 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 834 x 1112 inches

Price: $15.95

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 Meet Lydia

Meet Lydia

Miranda Belarde-Lewis (Tlingit/Zuni)
Photographs by John Harrington (Siletz)

Meet Lydia follows the life of a Tlingit girl in Southeast Alaska as she makes and wears ceremonial clothing, dances in the region’s biggest Native festival, and learns Tlingit language by helping kindergartners learn it too. Travel with Lydia to the coastal communities where her family has lived for generations, and learn about Tlingit traditions of weaving robes, catching and preserving salmon, and carving totem poles.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-57178-147-1 (hardcover)
  • 2004, copublished by NMAI and Council Oak Books
  • 48 pages, 60 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 834 x 1112 inches

Price: $15.95

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 Meet Mindy

Meet Mindy

Susan Secakuku (Hopi)
Photographs by John Harrington (Siletz)

The reader journeys with Mindy, a Hopi girl from Arizona, through her coming-of-age ceremony, her daily life at high school, and her participation in the Yah-ne-wah Dance. Vibrant photographs document Mindy and her family as they continue the Hopi traditions of growing corn, carving katsinas, and making clay pots.

“A great resource for teachers who want to give a human face to Native American studies.”—School Library Journal
“Unselfconsciously shows the seamless way most American Indians smoothly step between traditional Indian and current mainstream lives. Colorful, intimate, authentic, and personable.”—News from Indian Country

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-57178-148-X (hardcover)
  • 2003, copublished by NMAI and Council Oak Books
  • 48 pages, 47 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 834 x 1112 inches

Price: $15.95

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 Meet Naiche

Meet Naiche

Gabrielle Tayac (Piscataway)
Photographs by John Harrington (Siletz)

Following Naiche Tayac’s daily life at school and at home in rural Maryland, young readers learn about significant Piscataway places and ceremonies, get to know Naiche’s grandfather and great-grandfather—both important chiefs—and accompany Naiche and his family to the annual Awakening of Mother Earth celebration.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 1-57178-146-3 (hardcover)
  • 2002, copublished by NMAI and Council Oak Books
  • 48 pages, 54 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 834 x 1112 inches

Price: $15.95

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 When the Rain Sings

When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans

Introduction by Elizabeth Woody (Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon)

When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans was created in partnership with Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and includes some of the notable talents from Wordcraft’s Mentoring Initiative, a national program created to cultivate the writing abilities of Native youth. NMAI, with support from Wordcraft’s founding director Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), asked Native participants from Mentoring Initiatives throughout the United States to use objects and historic images from the museum’s unparalleled collections to spark their imagination. The uplifting, sometimes aching, responses of these poets, who range in age from nine to seventeen, invite readers into a world colored by joy, sadness, and memory.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-11-8 (softcover)
  • 2008, published by NMAI, originally copublished in 1999 by NMAI and Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • 64 pages, 49 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 612 x 912 inches

Price: $14.95

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 Where We Live

Where We Live: A Puzzle Book of American Indian Art

THIS FUN, VIBRANTLY COLORED BOOK for children includes eight 16-piece jigsaw puzzles made from contemporary artworks in the National Museum of the American Indian’s collections. Explore the different ways that contemporary American Indian artists use their imaginations to draw where they live.

This title is also available in Spanish.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-933565-17-0 (hardcover)
  • 2011, published by NMAI
  • Eight 16-piece full color puzzles and illustrations
  • 9 x 9 inches

Price: $15.95

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Spanish-Language Books

 Donde vivimos

Donde vivimos: Libro de rompecabezas de arte indígena americano

THIS FUN, VIBRANTLY COLORED BOOK for children includes eight 16-piece jigsaw puzzles made from contemporary artworks in the National Museum of the American Indian’s collections. Explore the different ways that contemporary American Indian artists use their imaginations to draw where they live.

This title is also available in English.

Specifications

  • ISBN: 978-1-933565-19-4 (hardcover)
  • 2012, published by NMAI
  • Eight 16-piece full color puzzles and illustrations
  • 9 x 9 inches

Price: $15.95

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 fruto de la arcilla

fruto de la arcilla: Objetos De Cerámica del Museo Nacional del Indígena Americano

Bruce Bernstein, Ann McMullen, Ramiro Matos (Quechua), and Felipé Solis

The museum’s holdings are rich in examples of Native ceramics from throughout the Western Hemisphere, stretching across forty centuries to the present day. In this book, four scholars introduce important and little-known ceramic figures and vessels representing the cultures of the Andes, Mexico, the American Southwest, and the eastern United States. Extensively illustrated with beautiful new photographs of objects from the museum’s collections, including many pieces published here for the first time, Born of Clay brings curatorial and Native artistic perspectives together to present a lively and concise introduction to Native American ceramics.

This title is also available in English.

Specifications

  • ISBN- 978-1-933565-14-9 (softcover)
  • 2005, National Museum of the American Indian
  • 96 pages, 300 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 812 x 11 inches

Price: $19.95

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 Museo Nacional del Indígena Americano: Libro de Recuerdo

Museo Nacional del Indígena Americano: Libro de Recuerdo

This small treasure offers a comprehensive sense of the National Museum of the American Indian and highlights the extraordinary aesthetic and cultural achievements of the Native peoples of the Americas.

This title is also available in English.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-13-2 (softcover)
  • 2007, published by NMAI
  • 64 pages, 50 color photographs
  • 6 x 6 inches

Price: $9.95

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CDs & DVDs

 Always Becoming (DVD)

Always Becoming: An Original Sculpture Series by Nora Naranjo-Morse

Nora Naranjo-Morse’s inspiration for her original sculpture series, titled Always Becoming, is the creative influences of indigenous architecture, family, and the environment. The five amorphous shapes are ephemeral, dissolving over time to reflect messages of growth, transformation, and Native peoples’ relationship with the land. The artwork welcomes visitors to the National Museum of the American Indian, juxtaposing the museum’s natural landscape with the built environment of Washington, D.C. It also marks the first time in history that an outdoor sculpture by a Native woman stands among the famous monuments and statues of the nation’s capital.

Specifications

  • Language: English
  • Run time: 52 minutes

Price: $14.98

Members save: $3.00


 Beautiful Beyond (CD)

Beautiful Beyond: Christian Songs in Native Languages

This anthology of hymns and songs from American Indian communities throughout the United States demonstrates how music has helped to preserve and perpetuate Native languages. Singers from the Southeast to the Plains and from the Southwest to Alaska and Hawai´i illustrate the dynamic interplay between language and faith and how the importance placed on the singing of these songs is keeping their cultures alive.

Specifications

Price: $15.00

Members save: $3.00


 Pulling Down the Clouds (CD)

Pulling Down the Clouds: Contemporary Native Writers Read Their Work

The Native Writers Series of readings at the museum features some of the most engaging and provocative Native writers working today. This first-ever CD anthology of Native writers reading from their works includes Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa), Louise Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa), Simon Ortiz (Acoma Pueblo), and many more. Alternately funny and moving, angry and contemplative, the readings address the Native American experience, as well as universal themes of love, death, and family bonds.

Specifications

  • Published by NMAI

Price: $15.00

Members save: $3.00


 Rumble: A Tribute to Native Music Icons (CD)

Rumble: A Tribute to Native Music Icons

“This tribute album is a blueprint of the origins of American rock and roll.”—Derek Miller (Mohawk)

American Indian musicians, as well as musicians inspired by Native history and culture, have been active in contemporary popular music for nearly a century. The signature artists featured on this CD represent the diversity of Native achievement in American mainstream music. They broke new ground, overcoming the public’s limited expectations of Indians as musicians and inspiring others with their legacy. Mohawk guitarist Derek Miller harnessed the energy and dynamic self-expression of these artists to create this compilation of classic hits. Their stories are not just one-hit wonders in Native history, but a backstage pass to music history.

Specifications

  • Coproduced by NMAI Publications and Swineco/Derek Miller

Price: $14.95

Members save: $2.99


 Sounds of Indian Summer (CD)

Sounds of Indian Summer: Contemporary Native Music from the National Museum of the American Indian

The NMAI's annual Indian Summer Showcase series brings the compelling sounds of Indian Country to a wide audience, through the creativity of performers who demonstrate the astonishing wealth of Native talent. Influenced by a diversity of Native and non-Native traditions—from Inuit and Greenlandic chants and Aymara instrumental music to gospel and rock and roll—the 12 individual artists and groups presented on this live music CD offer listeners a new understanding of the ways in which Native people draw from and add to the increasingly interwoven world of contemporary music.

Specifications

  • Published by NMAI Publications and Cultural Arts, 80 minutes

Price: $15.00

Members save: $3.00


 A Thousand Roads (DVD)

A Thousand Roads

Directed by Chris Eyre (Cheyenne/Arapaho)
Produced by Scott Garen and Barry Clark
Executive producers: W. Richard West, Jr. (Southern Cheyenne), and Peter Guber
Co-executive producers: Elizabeth Duggal and James W. Volkert

The dramatic signature film of the National Museum of the American Indian, A Thousand Roads follows the fictional lives of four contemporary Native Americans as they confront the crises that arise in a single day. With epic settings that include the Andean highlands, northernmost Alaska, the mesas of New Mexico, and the concrete canyons of Manhattan, this 40-minute film is a celebration of Native peoples and communities.

Specifications

  • Language: English
  • Run time: 40 minutes

Price: $16.95

Members save: $3.39


 Welcome Home (DVD)

Welcome Home: The Grand Opening of the National Museum of the American Indian

History was made on September 21, 2004, as more than 25,000 indigenous people gathered to mark the Grand Opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. To commemorate the historic occasion, Welcome Home vividly captures an array of Grand Opening events. The remarkable Native Nations procession, Opening Ceremony, and week-long First Americans Festival are featured on an intimate scale, allowing the visitor to enjoy the beauty and diversity of Native America and experience the heartfelt tributes to this cultural landmark.

Specifications

  • Language: English
  • Run time: 60+ minutes

Price: $14.98

Members save: $3.00


 Wood That Sings (CD)

Wood That Sings: Indian Fiddle Music of the Americas

Charlotte Heth (Cherokee), executive producer

Wood That Sings features Indian musicians from Nova Scotia to Arizona, Mexico, and Peru. The first recordings ever to use this most popular of instruments as a way to explore the great variety and creativity of Indian musical traditions—from Chicken Scratch and Santiago dances to indigenous Apache fiddle—this anthology expresses the capacity of Native cultures to adapt and synthesize non-Native influences.

Specifications

Price: $15.00

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Cards

 Concrete Tipi Postcards

Concrete Tipi: The Native American Experience in New York City

Twenty memorable color and black-and-white postcards pay tribute to the Native American experience—past and present—in New York City.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-05-7 (softcover)
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • 20 color and black-and-white postcards
  • 634 x 434 inches

Price: $8.95

Members save: $1.79


 Identity by Design Notecards

Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women's Dresses Notecards

Capturing a form of Native women’s artistic skill and expression on the Plains westward, this notecard folio features stunning images of dresses, accessories, and historic photographs from the museum’s collections. The folio accompanies the museum’s book Identity by Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses, based on an exhibition of the same name.

Specifications

  • ISBN-13: 978-1-933565-06-4
  • 2006, published by NMAI
  • Folio of 10 notecards with envelopes
  • (2 cards each of 5 designs)
  • 458 x 614 inches

Price: $9.95

Members save: $1.99


 Season's Greetings Notecards

Season's Greetings: Notecards from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian

Featuring details of traditional designs from four different Native cultures, the holiday cards in our boxed set feature objects from the museum’s collection as well as proverbs or poems.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-9719163-9-X
  • 2005, published by NMAI
  • Box of 20 holiday cards with envelopes
  • (5 cards each of 4 designs)
  • 5 x 7 inches

Price: $14.95

Members save: $2.99


 Shaped by Wind and Water Postcards

Shaped by Wind and Water: Postcards of the National Museum of the American Indian

Twenty striking color postcards of the interior and exterior of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., capture the breadth and detail of a building that reflects the diversity of Native American cultures.

Specifications

  • ISBN-10: 0-971-91635-7 (softcover)
  • 2005, published by NMAI
  • 20 color postcards
  • 634 x 434 inches

Price: $8.95

Members save: $1.79